Voting the man not the party

I think I am back to regular programming. I sincerely apologise for the break in transmission and I promise to do better from here on out…

It is like Olatoxic said in this here post, I Forgot, I just forgot how to write.

*sigh*

 

So, I want to talk about Jimi Agbaje joining the PDP and running for Lagos State governor in 2015.

Jimi Agbaje Joins PDP Ahead Of 2015 Gubernatorial Election In Lagos

I remember that most people were sold on this “voting the man and not the party” thing when GEJ first contested for the presidential elections. Look where we are now. But the thing is, I have always liked Jimi Agbaje and have always wanted him to be governor of Lagos. And the other thing is, I seriously yabbed people who voted for the man and not the party in GEJ’s case.

Jimi Agbaje

Jimi Agbaje

Do you see what I am saying here?

Remember all the “kick PDP out” campaigns and slogans and ish? Well, how do I kick PDP out when I want to vote for Agbaje?

I really like the man and I want to vote for him in 2015.

 

Hmmmmnnnnn…

 

 

 

 

Quarterly Breakfast Prayer Retreat

Kingslife - Help Cometh (August 2014)

Kingslife – Help Cometh (August 2014)

There is another edition of Kingslife’s Quarterly Breakfast Prayer Meeting coming up on the 2nd of August and you and yours are very invited.
It is tagged “Exploring The Deep Secrets of God“.
It’s on Saturday, August 2, 2014 by 8am prompt.
Ministering – Funlola Craig and Funso Ige.
Venue – NECA House, Plot A2, Hakeem Balogun Street, Central Business District, Alausa, Lagos.
RSVP – 0816 413 5834
Kingslife - Help Cometh (August 2014)

Kingslife – Help Cometh (August 2014)

 

 

 

Sara Bareilles – BrAvE

I think it was Tamara who first gave me a Sara Bareilles song titled Gravity a few years ago. Some people or someone danced to it in one of those shows and she wanted me to listen to the song. I was taken in by the song and some of her other songs since then. So I was delighted when I found out that she had a new single out and I wasn’t let down. This song has been my mantra for a few weeks now, it has helped me say a few things I’d been holding back for a long time.

Enjoy.

 


 

Brave

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just want to see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

:)

 

 

Doing This For A Friend…

I want to write about #BringBackOurGirls and Jack Bauer in Sambisa. I want to write about our president and about Nigeria. I want to write about how many things need to be done in this country and I want to rant and rant and rant… But I am angry and helpless and a little tired.

#BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurGirls

 

So, instead I will tell you about voting for Eye-D in the on-going Nigerian Idol Competition.

To vote Eye-D, Text 516 to 33680

Eye-D (Photo courtesy BellaNaija)

Eye-D (Photo courtesy BellaNaija)

ODUGBEMI IDOWU SARAH (EYE-D) is a graduate of agricultural science, she loves to sing and her love for music was her inspiration to enter Nigerian Idol. With a voice that can move mountains, Eye-D believes that she has the unique vocal prowess to shake and mould the music industry….

Please vote for Eye-D by sending 516 to 338680. Vote and ask your friends to vote too. Don’t stop voting either.

To vote Eye-D, Text 516 to 33680

Here are some of her performances…

 

 

 

Thank you.

To vote Eye-D, Text 516 to 33680

THE SECRET PLACE

Sister Anne, if I have thanked you before, it’s all good but I want to thank you again. My life was/is blessed because you came my way. I won’t ever forget you. I love you. My bestest regards to the crew and happy birthday to your girls in a few days… :)

 

Anne Ugobor

Anne Ugobor

 

Hello Everyone,

I trust that you are well. My heart’s desire is that these letters be a blessing to you and not a chore or an obligation for you to read.

Having said that, I was encouraging a sister the other day and I discovered (or concluded) that one thing the enemy has targeted in recent times, with a consistent barrage, is our FAITH in God.  Once he can get you to stop believing, or to just doubt God’s ability or even His existence, he’s very close to winning the battle. We go through challenges on a daily basis, we see the proliferation of evil in the earth and the subtle question ‘hits’ our minds – “where is God in all this?”, “can’t God see what I’m going through?” – then it changes from questions to actual comments – “God doesn’t care”, “if God was as mighty as He said, I wouldn’t be going through such and such”…

As children of God, as Christians, we must recognize that those thoughts are called ‘the fiery darts’ of the enemy (Eph 6:16). Ironically, the same scripture tells us what to quench those darts with – guess what we use?  Yep, the shield of faith. So the enemy keeps trying to wear down our faith because that is the shield that protects us from his attacks. (Oh, by the way, grab your bible and actually READ it, don’t just take my word for it.)

David was all too familiar with the tricks and plots of the enemy. In Psalm 11, he writes:

In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:1-3 NKJV) 

Indeed, if the very beginning, foundation, root of our faith is destroyed or removed, what can we do? David faced very real physical, but also emotional (mind) and spiritual battles. He consistently reminded himself of things God had done in the past and the things God was doing in the present. I believe this is a necessary part of strengthening our faith – we must remind ourselves constantly of God’s faithfulness in our lives, remember the times He came through for you.

Another trick (or device) of the enemy is to get us so wrapped up in ourselves and our problems that we fail to see that God is still moving in the earth. Someone just asked “Really, God is still moving?”  I answer with an emphatic YES!!! Souls are being delivered, the sick are being healed, lives are being transformed by the Spirit of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ was never about how many houses or cars one can acquire here on earth, it is and will always be about the restoration of lost souls to God. That vital relationship with God that saves us from destruction in hell and grants us access into His very presence… the Secret place of The Most High. The overflow of that relationship will impact our dominion on earth no doubt, but when the relationship ceases to be the priority and we begin to focus on the possessions, we lose – period!

I remember when I was in University, I was a member of a very vibrant group of believers. We loved The Lord wholeheartedly and served Him with passion. There was a period in my third year when I got so involved in the activities of the group, from morning till night (whenever lectures were not holding) we would be doing one thing or another. I enjoyed every minute of what I was doing – serving The Lord (…or so I thought). Soon, I began to discover that people seemed to be displeased with what I was doing. From the leaders of the group to my co-workers – nothing I did seemed to be right. There was criticism from everywhere. I wasn’t at peace, “how could he/she say that to me?”, “why do they dislike me?”, “how come no one appreciates my efforts?”, “do they know what I went through or how I struggled to get to the meeting on time?”…. Myriads of questions. I cried and prayed and bound the enemy. Then, God in His mercy (truly, it was in His mercy) sent a dear brother to speak with me. One thing he said to me (those many years ago) has never left me:

“When you feel like you’re being bombarded on every side with attacks, it is because you’ve come out of the Secret Place of the Most High!”

Wow!!! What a revelation. And it was so true! I was spending time working FOR God, I was no longer walking WITH Him. Giving Him pleasure was no longer my priority. I got caught up with pleasing everyone else at God’s expense.

I encourage us to read the whole of Psalm 91 in as many translations as you have access to. You will discover that the arrows/fiery darts of the enemy which fly by day (THEY ARE ALWAYS FLYING, SELAH!!), cannot touch you if you remain in the Secret Place.

Where is the Secret Place, you ask? You know and your heart knows where it is. More importantly, the Holy Spirit our helper, knows where it is. There is no ‘formula’ that I can prescribe for finding it or accessing it. You’ve been there before. It’s time to return.

The Message translation of verse 1 (Psalm 91) says “you who sit down in the High God’s presence, who spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow..” There is a waiting, staying, abiding in God’s presence that we must return to. It is in His presence that we receive strength, impartation, anointing – everything we need to be able to serve Him effectively and acceptably. The truth is, what we offer to Him on Friday and Sunday (or whenever we gather together) must come from what we receive from Him on every other day.

Lord, help us to abide in that place where You are. Holy Spirit, please take us in to the Holy of holies. Draw our hearts to run after You Lord. Let us again hunger for the sweetness of Your presence, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

I love you guys so much.

 

Anne.

 

 

 

The Donut Master

I first read this story when I was a teenager trying to decide if I was going to be serious about this Christianity of a thing I was born into. I went to church because I couldn’t very well say to my parents, “No, I don’t want to go to church”. That was like a taboo, one didn’t do that here. Apart from the beating I would get, I know I would have been labelled and given all sorts of names. So, I jejely conformed and went to church services with my family.

But there comes a time in a woman’s life when she has to decide where she stands and how she wants her life to go. This life is fickle and one must find meaning in it and a sense of purpose. I decided I might as well just taste and see that the Lord is good. I stand to testify that He is INDEED good.

For if it had not been the Lord who was on my side when men rose up against me… In this life, I have had trouble, in this life I will have trouble but the Lord God Almighty will deliver me from them all.

May your donut not be uneaten.

Happy Easter to you and yours.

 


 

Originally posted in MountainWings here - The Donut Master

half eaten donut

There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending college where Brother Christianson taught seminary.

One day, Brother Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. After class, Bro. Christianson pulled Steve aside and said, “You think you’re pretty tough, don’t you?”

Steve’s answer was, “Yeah, I do.”

Then Brother Christianson asked, “How many pushups can you do?”

Steve said, “I do about 200 every night.”

“200? That’s pretty good, Steve,” Brother Christianson said.

“Do you think you could do 300?”

Steve replied, “I don’t know… I’ve never done 300 at a time.”

“Do you think you could?” again asked Brother Christianson.

“Well, I can try,” said Steve.

“Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I need you to do 300 in sets of 10 for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,” Brother Christianson said.

Steve said, “Well… I think I can… yeah, I can do it.”

Brother Christianson said, “Good! I need you to do this on Friday.”

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front.

When class started, Brother Christianson pulled out a big box of donuts. Now these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind with cream centers and frosting swirls.

Everyone was pretty excited. It was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend.

Bro. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked,

“Cynthia, do you want a donut?” Cynthia said, “Yes.”

Bro. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Cynthia can have a donut?”

Steve said, “Sure,” and jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten.

Then Steve again sat in his desk. Bro. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.

Bro. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, “Joe, do you want a donut?”

Joe said, “Yes.”

Bro. Christianson asked, “Steve would you do ten pushups so Joe can have a donut?” Steve did ten pushups,

Joe got a donut.

And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten pushups for every person before they got their donuts and down the second aisle, until Bro. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was captain of the football team and center of the basketball team. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.

When Bro. Christianson asked, “Scott do you want a donut?”

Scott’s reply was, “Well, can I do my own pushups?”

Bro. Christianson said, “No, Steve has to do them.”

Then Scott said, “Well, I don’t want one then.”

Bro. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?”

Steve started to do ten pushups.

Scott said, “HEY! I said I didn’t want one!”

Bro. Christianson said, “Look, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.” And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Bro. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Bro. Christianson asked Jenny, “Jenny, do you want a donut?”

Jenny said, “No.”

Then Bro. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn’t want?”

Steve did ten, Jenny got a donut.

By now, the students were beginning to say “No” and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve was also having to really put forth a lot of effort to get these pushups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face; his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Bro. Christianson asked Robert to watch Steve to make sure he did ten pushups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts.

So Robert began to watch Steve closely.

Bro. Christianson started down the fourth row.

During his class, however, some students had wandered in and sat along the heaters along the sides of the room. When Bro. Christianson realized this; he did a quick count and saw 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Bro. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Bro. Christianson, “Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?” Bro. Christianson thought for a moment, “Well, they’re your pushups. You can do them any way that you want.”

And Bro. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled, “NO! Don’t come in! Stay out!”

Jason didn’t know what was going on.

Steve picked up his head and said, “No, let him come.”

Bro. Christianson said, “You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten pushups for him.”

Steve said, “Yes, let him come in.” Bro. Christianson said,

“Okay, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now.

Jason, do you want a donut?”

“Yes.”

“Steve, will you do ten pushups so that Jason can have a donut?”

Steve did ten pushups very slowly and with great effort.

Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Bro. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those seated on the heaters. Steve’s arms were now shaking with each pushup in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity.

Sweat was dropping off of his face, and by this time, there was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two girls in the room were cheerleaders and very popular. Bro. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, “Linda, do you want a doughnut? Linda said, very sadly, “No, thank you.”

Bro. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?”

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow pushups for Linda.

Then Bro. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan.

“Susan, do you want a donut?”

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, asked, Bro. Christianson, “Dr. Christianson, why can’t I help him?”

Dr. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, “No, Steve has to do it alone. I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not.

When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do pushups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your pushups.

He and I made a deal for your sakes.

Steve, would you do ten pushups so Susan can have a donut?”

As Steve very slowly finished his last pushup, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 pushups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Brother Christianson turned to the room and said.

“And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, plead to the Father, ‘Into your hands I commend my spirit.’ With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He collapsed on the cross and died. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk,

…uneaten.”

 

DD Blend 004

 

~Art Nelson~

 

Click below if your donut is uneaten:

http://www.mountainwings.com/salvation.html

 

 

 

Set A Fire!

I was supposed to publish this first thing this morning but lots of things got in the way. I wanted to wait till tomorrow morning but I decided to do it now instead of waiting because those things that got in the way today might get in the way tomorrow morning.

God bless you as you read…

 

Anne Ugobor way back when... :D

Anne Ugobor way back when… :D

Good morning beautiful people,

It is a brand new day! His mercies towards us are N-E-W!!! Not the leftovers of yesterday. Brand New! Hallelujah! This should cause us to rejoice and be glad in today cos there’s hope.

A cold stove is a sure magnet for flies (at least back home where I come from). Flies are indicative of dirt, filth. But when there is heat or fire, it not only drives away the flies (demons – biblically speaking), but the fire purifies also. Through history, fire (or the heat generated by it) has been used to sterilize.

When there is no fire present, nothing is being prepared, nothing is being cleansed. Nature itself suggests that just merely leaving things as they are is a sure magnet for dirt. Try it yourself – don’t clean your room or dust your furniture for 6 months. Even without actively putting dirt in an environment, it just naturally manifests. Things will get dirty just by existing in the world – in short, nothing cleans itself in nature. Cleanness requires active participation.

The viper that came out of the wood in Acts 28 had always been there. It was when Paul laid the wood on the fire that the viper came out. Without the fire, the viper would have remained in its place.

As servants of the Most High, we cannot afford to be cold or even lukewarm, we must ask The Lord to re-kindle the flames, the passion for His presence, the fire of prayer in our hearts. Without it, the enemy will have a field day, wrecking havoc in our lives. The sad reality is, everything will ‘seem’ normal, cos everything is cold. But I dare you to start a fire and see what begins to jump out of the hidden places where the enemy has infiltrated – don’t just limit this discourse to your personal life, but all around you, your family, your job, everywhere.

We need the fire of God Himself burning constantly. Psalm 50 describes our Father, verse 3 says that a fire devours before Him and all around Him a tempest rages (NIV and AMP). And when God comes as fire, He means to cleanse and purify, and He will judge. Read the entire chapter and see how God speaks to His people. It was not the daily sacrifice/routine (you know, coming to and playing church) that God was interested in. He rebuked the wicked who claimed to be His people, yet their actions/motives were not right. In the final verse, God declares – He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23 AMP).

There must, of necessity, be a change in our ways, conversation, manner of life if we are to see the demonstration of God’s salvation. And it begins by asking for FIRE!!!  Too long have we been complacent and idle.

SET FIRE DOWN IN MY SOUL

THAT I CAN’T CONTAIN AND I CAN’T CONTROL

I WANT MORE OF YOU GOD,

I WANT MORE OF YOU GOD!

As the fire begins to burn, expect the enemy to get agitated…very agitated. But don’t stop, regardless of what jumps out and fastens itself on you (as the serpent did with Paul). It will not kill you!! You only have to recognize it for what it is – truly, don’t be ignorant of the devil’s devices. I don’t know how to make it any clearer. Bottom line is that things may begin to manifest around you that will discourage you and make you want to stop – the worst question to ask at that time is “why is this happening to me?”  That is the time to fuel the fire with more prayer, more praise, more worship. If you’re overwhelmed, call on brethren to help pray you through, but those vipers, demons etc, they have to go!!!

I pray the Holy Spirit, our Helper, would open our eyes and hearts to see and comprehend and desire a move of God in our lives, that His fire would burn out every impurity in our hearts and cause our offerings and our service in The Lord to be acceptable to God.

 

God bless you as you SPREAD THE FIRE!

 

Anne.

 

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